Mercury Sues Partner Lenel

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Sep 06, 2011

Major access control OEM Mercury Security has filed a lawsuit against leading access control provider Lenel for multiple counts of copyright infringement. This is very surprising as the two companies have been key partners for more than a decade and litigation is generally the last means partners take to resolve disputes. In this note, we examine the lawsuit, the claims made and the technical issues undermining this litigation.

The Claims

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